Rare TONY SANSONE Vintage 1940s male nude EDWIN F TOWNSEND photo classic muscle

Rare TONY SANSONE Vintage 1940s male nude EDWIN F TOWNSEND photo classic muscle

Rare TONY SANSONE Vintage 1940s male nude EDWIN F TOWNSEND photo classic muscle. DESCRIPTION: ULTRA RARE vintage 1935 silver gelatin fiber based. Photograph from the famous photo session called. Of iconic physique model bodybuilder. My guess is that this image may be a 1940s printed photograph for purposes to send to a magazine for their editorial use. 6″ X 9 1/2″ full bleed. TONE : sepia toned B&W. I will respond to all inquiries within 24 hours. Please feel free to contact me anytime at. 54th; New York City. Born in Iowa in 1879, Edwin F. Townsend came to New York early in the 1900s. After the armistice, he took up professional photography, working with Lockeed Pictorial Co. In early autumn of 1921, he opened a studio on the upper west side of Manhattan. He established his credentials in the world of theatrical photography with a suite of portraits of opera singer/movie actress Geraldine Ferrar. He would continue as an active theatrical and celebrity photographer for the next two decades, excelling in dance photography. Among the Broadway photographers only Nickolas Muray then made the male nude an important component of his work. Bernarr Macfadden, the publisher and promoter of physical culture, and Ted Shawn, the modern dancer, in the 1920s elaborated a new aesthetics of the male body. Two poles of imagery came to the fore: a neoclassicism in which models posed in the attitudes of Greek statues, and a native Americanism in which models moved in dances enacting natural masculinity. Though Townsend (and Muray) had dealings with both Macfadden and Shawn, his own aesthetics tended toward the classical. Indeed, the produced the most famous set of physique photographs of the interwar period when he posed the model/actor Tony Sansone, whom he discovered in a David Belasco theatrical production, in a series of poses of Greek simplicity and dignity. Townsend published two small books of photographic studies, dutifully airbrushed, of Sansone. These images are among the most cherished and artistic icons of physique photography, establishing a standard of masculine beauty. In 1933 Townsend moved his studio to midtown Manhattan. There he shot society portraiture, fashion layouts for department stores, and occasional theatrical and movie publicity work. The studio operated until the late 1950s. Townsend practiced three genres of photography: portraiture, physique photography, and dance production images. The dance photography was dynamic, the physique photography, static and stately, and portraiture, varied, suiting the sitters’ wishes. Signing his finished portraits in red pen, Townsend made a distinction between presentation prints and mass circulation images. While he placed images with the. And other of the large circulation periodics of the 1920s and’30s, his greatest fascination was with the unique print. 1987 was an Italian-American bodybuilder and model. Anthony Joseph Sansone was born September 19, 1905 in New York City. His parents were both Sicilian immigrants: Ignazio (Charles) Sansone and Paolina (Pauline) Giardina. Sansone married Sophie Frank (“Rita”) in 1926, and had two children, Pauline and Anthony Joseph, Jr (“Nino”). At an early age, Sansone (pronounced san-TSONE-ee, later Americanized to san-ZONE) had contracted scarlet fever and then typhoid fever, leaving him with a fragile build. At 14, he took an interest in sports and began working out at a nearby park, doing running, chin-ups, handstands, and other acrobatics. At 16, he came across magazine pictures of physique star Tommy Farber in Physical Culture magazine and became interested in physical development. He trained under the tutelage of bodybuilding publisher Bernarr Macfadden and bodybuilder Charles Atlas (aka Angelo Siciliano). In October 1923, Sansone, 18, won a physique contest sponsored by Atlas. He did not pursue competitive bodybuilding as a career, however, and has never earned any titles like Mr America. Much of Tony Sansone’s enduring fame in bodybuilding history was the result of his success as a model. Sansone began modeling when he was still a teenager. He became a much sought-after model who posed for paintings, photographs, and sculpture. He was featured on many magazine covers, both American and European. He modeled for statues by James Earle Fraser (“Meriwether Lewis;” Fraser also designed the US buffalo nickel), Arthur Lee “Rhythm” which was created over five years, 1925? 1930, and Malvina Hoffman (“Nordic Type” and “Elemental Man”). Sansone published several photo books, including Modern Classics, Rhythm, Du-ets (sic), and Nudleafs. In the mid-1920s, Sansone began studying dance as an exercise. He was selected by Alexandre Gavrilov to perform in “Ballet Moderne” which debuted on April 10, 1928. He also toured with Polish-Yugoslavian ballet dancer Desha Podgorska. His dance career was cut short by a knee accident, but the training influenced his style of posing. From 1928 to 1929, Sansone performed in David Belasco’s elaborate sci-fi theater production of Mima. Among the spectators of “Mima” was photographer Edwin F. Townsend took a great interest in Sansone and began photographing him in 1929. He went on to become Sansone’s principal photographer. In 1929, Sansone got a small part in director John W. Harkrider’s Glorifying the American Girl which co-starred Eddie Cantor. But like competitive bodybuilding, Sansone never pursued acting as a career. Sansone owned and operated three gyms (which he referred to as “body culture studios”) in New York. Bodybuilder Steve Reeves was among his customers. Tony Sansone stood 6 feet tall and weighed 185 lbs. His muscles were highly defined but did not display the massive bulkiness common in modern bodybuilding. Sansone, in fact, took no interest in measurements, preferring a look that was more slender and flexible. His training included weightlifting, running, swimming, and gymnastics. Sansone was especially strong in parallel bar work. Sansone was photographed mainly in the nude, and was celebrated for his creative posing. Although naturally tan, Sansone enhanced his “bronze” look with body makeup. Charles Atlas called him The Most Beautiful Man in America. ” Physical-culture historian David Gentle has said, “If Sansone had been born in Greek antiquity, he would have been immortalized as a god. Tony Sansone retired from the gym business after thirty years. He went on to do volunteer work, especially teaching underprivileged children. Sansone died January 13, 1987 after a five-year struggle with colon cancer. The item “Rare TONY SANSONE Vintage 1940s male nude EDWIN F TOWNSEND photo classic muscle” is in sale since Sunday, September 04, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Photographic Images\Risqué\Contemporary (1940-Now)”. The seller is “bodybuilding.photo.gallery” and is located in Los Angeles, California. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, to all countries in Europe, to all countries in continental Asia, to Australia.
  • Original/Reprint: Original Print
  • Listed By: Dealer or Reseller
  • Signed?: Signed
  • Date of Creation: 1940s
  • Photo Type: Gelatin Silver
  • Subject: Sports
  • Color: Black & White
  • Framing: Unframed
  • Size Type/Largest Dimension: Medium (Up to 10″)
  • Region of Origin: US
  • Category: BODYBUILDING
  • Authenticity: guaranteed 100% authentic
  • general: risque
  • sub category: MUSCLE

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